in Last Chronicle of Barset

Chapter 30 – Showing what Major Grantly did after his Walk

She had learned to read Greek

This detail of Grace’s education shows that for a woman of her time she is highly educated.  Her extensive education is contrasted with her family’s financial poverty.  This juxtaposition intensifies the question of whether Grace is a “lady,” worthy of betrothal to Major Grantly; she has the mark of a “lady” due to her fine education, but yet her family lives in poverty.  [AM 2006]